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The Resource Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir, Roz Chast

Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir, Roz Chast

Label
Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir
Title
Can't we talk about something more pleasant?
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Roz Chast
Title variation
Cant we talk about something more pleasant?
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of ageing parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-colour cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"--with predictable results--the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies--an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; ageing and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care
Summary
Celebrates the final years of the author's aging parents' lives through cartoons, family photos, and documents that reflect the author's struggles with caregiver challenges
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, 2014.
  • Library Journal Best Books 2014
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2014.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10290179
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chast, Roz
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chast, Roz
  • Chast, Roz
  • Chast, Roz
  • Chast family
  • Chast, Roz
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Wit and humour, Pictorial
  • Graphic novels
  • Cartoonists
  • Adult children of ageing parents
  • Ageing parents
  • Adult children of ageing parents
  • Graphic novels
  • Older deaf people
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Cartoonists
  • Older couples
  • Ageing parents
  • Ageing parents
  • Parent and adult child
  • Wit and humour, pictorial
  • Adult children of ageing parents
  • Adult children of ageing parents
  • Parent and adult child
  • Older couples
Target audience
adult
Label
Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir, Roz Chast
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still imagetext
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The beginning of the end -- Return to the fold -- The elder lawyer -- Galapagos -- The fall -- Maimonides -- Sundowning -- The end of an era -- The move -- The old apartment -- The place -- The next step -- Kleenex abounding -- Postmortem -- Elizabeth, alone -- Bedtime stories -- Chrysalis -- The end
Control code
000053362183
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781608198061
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015304302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024122781
Other physical details
chiefly colour illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)890246086
Label
Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir, Roz Chast
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
Subtitle from cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still imagetext
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The beginning of the end -- Return to the fold -- The elder lawyer -- Galapagos -- The fall -- Maimonides -- Sundowning -- The end of an era -- The move -- The old apartment -- The place -- The next step -- Kleenex abounding -- Postmortem -- Elizabeth, alone -- Bedtime stories -- Chrysalis -- The end
Control code
000053362183
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781608198061
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015304302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024122781
Other physical details
chiefly colour illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)890246086

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